I want to talk a bit today about why I love working with Second Shooters. Are they necessary? Some would say wholeheartedly, yes. While others say, maybe not. However, Im not concerned about whether or not they are needed. All I know is that I love having one with me, especially one I adore and trust.
First, I like the company. Wedding day is hard. It brings all sorts of emotions including but not limited to: excitement, happiness, boredom, anxiety, frustration, great joy, tiredness, hunger, humbleness, and then another heaping serving of happiness. Round and round you go throughout the day. Whether its traffic that is making you nervous, or the vows that are making you cry silently behind your camera while you snap pictures, it is always draining. Having someone who you like around to make jokes, complain, toss around ideas, make you laugh, and give you pep talks is amazing.
Secondly, I like that I have backup. Weddings are a unique event. They cannot be recreated, no matter what. Even if you miss the first dance, or your card screws up, and you recreate it later… when the bride and groom look at those pictures, guess what their first thought is more than likely going to be? ”Oh, remember when the photographers card corrupted and we had to redo this? It was so funny!” Having a 2nd shooter there who you trust to constantly be shooting alongside you is a safety net like no other. And, if you have one who’s work you like… total bonus. You get to use and share tons of their images with your couple!
Lastly, I like the different perspective. I get to shoot what I see in my head, and I also get to include what that other person sees in theirs. How awesome is that? SO AWESOME. Everyone’s mind is different. Even when you shoot with someone who shoots similarly to you. Its different. I encourage my shooters to be creative, suggest things to me throughout the day, and push the limit. I love broadening the perspective on wedding day. When I cull through my seconds work, I am still picking images that are “Lauryn Galloway Photography.” That part doesn’t change, but I am able to see and provide a much broader range.
Oh, and lastly, you get pictures of you shooting!! Its fun (and funny) to see what you look like, and it makes for good blog material! Win-win.
One of my most recent examples… While I was shooting this….
Stephanie was capturing this… One of my favorite shots of the day!
Another example… Mine is on the right, Annamarie’s is on the left…
And one more, mine is on the left, Tori’s is on the right!
So! If you are on the fence about whether you might like to work with a 2nd Shooter, do it!! Take your time to figure out who you might like to work with, and reach out to someone